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SINCE 1887

Champions for animals and the people who love them.

Founded in 1887, Santa Barbara Humane is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and one of the first animal welfare agencies in the country. With campuses in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, Santa Barbara Humane provides low-cost veterinary care, vaccines, and spay/neuter; affordable and humane dog training classes; pet adoption; and animal rehoming services. As a local community organization not funded by any national agency, Santa Barbara Humane relies on the generous support of our community to ensure cats and dogs receive the care they need.

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To protect the health of our staff, volunteers, and guests, we’ve implemented safety protocols for adoptions, veterinary appointments, and animal intakes. Please read our FAQs During COVID-19 to help you plan your visit.

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Let's Socialize!

Hello hello! My name is Mona. By now, you probably know that today is #GivingTuesday. Adoptable cat Mikey inspired me to tell you why I think you should donate to Santa Barbara Humane on this special day.

I am a senior sweetheart with tons of love to give, but I just haven't found my person yet. I can take all the time I need to find my perfect fit, all thanks to donors like you.

To set me up to thrive in my golden years with a new family, my shelter friends are helping me figure out my likes and dislikes. For example, I love going on walks and playing with toys, but sometimes I am a bit picky about my playmates. I also adore cuddles and attention, but because I have arthritis, I have some sensitive areas I don't like to be touched. I know the right home for me is out there, and with your support, we are going to find it.

Will you give today to ensure animals like me get the time, space, care, and compassion we need to blossom? Visit sbhumane.org/givenow to get started! I'm also crossing my paws that you'll email [email protected] if I sound like the one for you...

#TalkingAnimals #GivingTuesday #SBHumane #SeniorSweetheart
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Hi everyone! My name is Mikey! Did you know today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of philanthropy? Rather than letting the shelter humans tell you about the incredible impact your contribution makes for dogs and cats in need, this year, I decided it's time the animals do the talking.

Your gift helps me get all the care I need as I wait for a home to call my own. I've been spending time with a loving foster who is helping me with my stomach issues. And because of donors like you, Santa Barbara Humane is able to cover all my medical expenses at our clinic, including my special food, to keep me healthy.

So I have two requests, if I may: First, will you visit sbhumane.org/givenow to make a donation to help animals like me? And secondly, will you add me to your family by emailing [email protected]?

#GivingTuesday #TalkingAnimals #AdoptableCat
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Dwayne's smile could light up the darkest of rooms.

This handsome six-year-old Doberman Pinscher/Shepherd mix is an energetic boy with a lot of love to give. Dwayne enjoys pretty much anything that gets him moving, so he would be thrilled to go to an active home with people as interested in exercise as he is!

Does Dwayne sound like your kind of dog? Email [email protected] to make an adoption appointment today!

#AdoptableDog #DogsOfInstagram #DobermanPinscher #ShetlerDog #SantaBarbaraHumane #SBHumane
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Paris is for (cat) Lovers.

This four-year-old kitty is très jolie! Paris is a sweet girl who enjoys sitting in a warm lap, snuggling in a comfy bed, or just kicking back and relaxing near her human friends. She would thrive in a quiet home where she could get lots of love.

Are you interested in making Paris a part of your family? Come to our cat and kitten walk-in adoption hours, Friday-Sunday, from 12-4 PM. Can't make it during those times? Email [email protected] to make an adoption appointment today!

#AdoptableCat #CatsOfInstagram #CuteCat #ParisTheCat #SantaBarbaraHumane #SBHumane
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Not only is it #SuccessStorySunday, but it's also almost #GivingTuesday too! 🎉 As a local 501(c)(3) non-profit, Santa Barbara Humane relies on the generosity of community members like you to help animals in need each and every day.

Will you support SB Humane on Tuesday's global day of giving? By making a gift at sbhumane.org/givenow, you'll make an impact for animals like Snowy, who are counting on you.

Snowy was in pain when he arrived at Santa Barbara Humane. This sweet cat had been neglected. He had been sleeping on a blanket in a garage, and he was suffering from painful open wounds on his ears. Luckily for Snowy, donor support makes it possible for Santa Barbara Humane to welcome animals in need, provide them with medical treatment, and give them time to heal.

Snowy was promptly examined by our veterinary team who provided immediate relief by removing the tips of his painful ears. A biopsy later identified that he suffered from a chronic inflammatory condition requiring a course of antibiotics, ointments, steroid injections, and flea control. Throughout his two-month stay, we saw Snowy heal physically and then also watched in amazement as this once aloof cat’s loving personality emerged. Snowy definitely appreciated the comforts of the shelter and daily attention and cuddles. He was adopted into a wonderful home with a new family who keeps him indoors and lavishes him with love.

Donating on #GivingTuesday takes just a few clicks but makes a world of difference for thousands of dogs and cats. Visit sbhumane.org/givenow to get started!

#LocalNonprofit #GivingTuesday #SuccessStorySunday
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Today is the day!

Today, November 27, both our Santa Barbara and Santa Maria campuses will be open for walk-in dog adoptions from 12-4 PM.

That means you can see all the sweet dogs currently available for adoption, like two-year-old Pit Bull Bethany, pictured here, in person!

And today only, you can name your price for dogs six months and older! So if you are interested in finding your perfect pup, come on in!

#AdoptableDog #DogAdoptions #SpecialHours #PitBull #SantaBarbaraHumane #SBHumane
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Pearl is looking for someone special. Could you be the one for her?

This gorgeous one-year-old Domestic Longhair girl has thrived in her foster home, but she's hoping to find something a little more permanent. Pearl is a mellow girl who can be a little opinionated at times. She enjoys attention but would really prefer it be on her own terms. Pearl loves to be brushed and told how beautiful she is.

Does Pearl sound like your kind of cat? Email [email protected] to make an adoption appointment today!

#AdoptableCat #CatsOfInstagram #DomesticLongHairedCat #FluffyKitty #SantaBarbaraHumane #SBHumane
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Jace's tail is wagging right now because he gets to be the one to tell you that Santa Barbara Humane will be offering special walk-in dog adoption hours tomorrow, Sunday, November 27, from 12-4 PM.

That means you can stop by either campus next Sunday to meet all the sweet dogs (like Jace) we currently have available for adoption.

And the news just keeps getting better! Jace, who is a one-year-old Shepherd mix, also wants you to know that on November 27, you can name your price for dogs six months old and over!

#AdotpabeDog #Shepherd #DogsOfInstagram #DogAdoptions #SantaBarbaraHumane #SBHumane
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What better way to spend Black Friday than with a black cat like Loki?

While he may not want to go out to stores, this sweet two-year-old boy would gladly support you in your pursuit of cyber deals. Loki enjoys cuddling, napping in a cozy spot, and exploring inside spaces. He has lived with other cats before, but Loki would probably be happiest as the only cat in a home.

Does Loki sound like your kind of Black Friday buddy? Come to our cat and kitten walk-in adoption hours, Friday through Sunday, from 12-4 PM. Can't make it during those hours? Email [email protected]ane.org to make an adoption appointment today!

#AdoptableCat #CatsOfInstagram #CuteCat #ShelterCat #BlackFridayBlackCat #SantaBarbaraHumane #SBHumane
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There is so much to give thanks for this Thanksgiving.

We are grateful to those who have donated and made such a meaningful impact on the lives of cats and dogs in our community.

We are thankful for our partner shelters, who work so hard to get animals off the streets and into loving homes.

We are thankful to our staff, who are incredibly dedicated to their lifesaving work. We see all the love and effort they pour into their work, and we sincerely appreciate it.

We are thankful to our adopters, who take our animals home and make them a part of their families.

And we are thankful for you; thank you for following us, liking our posts, and sharing with all your friends!

#Thanksgiving #Thankful #HappyThanksgiving #SantaBarbaraHumane #SBHumane
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🎵 Look at Stars, look at how she shines for you 🎵

Meet Stars! This lovely five-month-old girl is a sweet and friendly kitty with a mellow disposition. Stars has lived with dogs, children, and other cats before and seems to get along with everybody she meets.

Are you interested in making Stars a member of your family? Come to our cat and kitten walk-in adoption hours, Friday through Sunday, from 12-4 PM. Can't make it during those hours? Email [email protected] to make an adoption appointment today!

#AdoptableKitten #KittensOfInstagram #ShelterKitten #Adopt #SantaBarbaraHumane #SBHumane
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Hitch is looking for someone to play with.

This charming one-year-old Flat Coated Retriever is a fun boy with lots of energy. He loves toys and would be happiest in a home where he could get lots of exercise and playtime.

Does Hitch sound like your kind of dog? Come to our special dog walk-in adoption hours on Sunday, November 27, from 12-4 PM, or email [email protected] to make an adoption appointment today!

#AdoptableDog #DogsOfInstagram #FlatCoatedRetreiver #SantaBarbaraHumane #SBHumane
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Meet Panda!

This beautiful girl is an 11-month-old Border Collie mix. She is a friendly and outgoing girl who enjoys spending time with people.

Are you interested in making Panda a member of your family? Come to our special dog walk-in adoption hours on Sunday, November 27, from 12-4 PM or email [email protected] to make an adoption appointment today!

#AdoptableDog #BorderCollie #DogsOfInstagram #CuteDog #HappyDog #ShelterDog #SantaBarbaraHumane #SBHumane
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Pumpkin Spice wants you to know that Santa Barbara Humane will be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving.

He also asked us to remind you that if you're looking for a sweet four-month-old kitten to call your own, he is available for adoption and eager for snuggles!

You can meet Pumpkin Spice at our walk-in cat and kitten adoption hours, Friday-Sunday, from 12-4 PM. Or you can email [email protected] to make an adoption appointment today!

#AdoptableCat #PumpkinSpice #Thanksgving #Kitten #AdoptableKitten #SantaBarbaraHumane #SBHumane
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Your friends will be red with envy when Maroon chooses you to be the one he's cuddling with.

This sweet three-month-old boy is available for adoption now!

Are you interested in making Maroon a member of your family? Come to our cat and kitten walk-in adoption hours, Friday through Sunday, from 12-4 PM. Can't make it during those hours? Email [email protected] to make an adoption appointment today!

#AdoptableKitten #KittensOfInstagram #CuteKitten #Maroon #TaylorSwift #SantaBatbaraHumane #SBHumane
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